Incube Solutions is in a great position for a one-stop distributor in providing a full virtual classroom technology in the Middle East — specifically in gulf countries territory (GCC).
Class is an efficient tool and a startup unicorn that has recently successfully raised millions of dollars in funding. Definitely, venture capitalists have seen the potential of Class to be able to provide tools focused on education. Hence, we are thrilled to finally distribute this amazing product to channel partners interested in virtual education.
Of note, Class was built on and only works on the Zoom platform. A Zoom license is required to access and use Class. Get to know some of the Zoom features Class has adopted to produce an efficient virtual classroom technology.
What is a classroom without a board? The Zoom whiteboard already exists and this feature allows users to write, draw using their pen tool, cursor, or touch. It just depends on which device Zoom is being used.
In Class, teachers can better explain images, charts, on the screens by marking and writing on the screen using the Whiteboarding tool. No doubt why the whiteboard is currently the first feature on our list.
The Gallery View allows the teachers to see all their students in one window. In the same way, the student body will see each other using the gallery view only if the instructor allows it. However, for the teacher they can see extra features beside every student’s screen.
Meanwhile, the instructor has the control to allow the students to focus using the Presenter View. On the Presenter View, the teacher’s screen scales up to maximize the screen and serve the main screen — encouraging student’s focus.
You know that button with a hand icon 🖐️ on Zoom? That is used to symbolize the raising a hand gesture used when you have a question, want to answer, or excuse yourself — the ‘raise hand’ will inform the speaker or host that you need attention.
Besides, the raising-the-hand practice is very classroom-style enough. What is more, Class has integrated a mechanism to track student’s participation called Focus Tracking, this meter shows beside the student’s screen. It helps raise the attention of unengaged students.
One for the teacher. One for the whiteboard. That’s the ideal setup that maximizes Zoom’s ability technically. Zoom Meetings can scale and operate up to two cameras and two monitors.
In Class, the instructor has the ability to use a single or dual camera and it would both be shown in vertical order on the top left-most side of the interface. In fact, the teacher’s podium is smartly positioned to where people’s attention will initially glance into.
Zoom Breakout Room feature makes grouping and team discussion possible. Teachers can easily create groupings by assigning the students to a separate meeting room that is only active within a given timeframe.
Furthermore, Class takes it to the next level by creating a one-on-one room for student counselling or just for quick attention meetings. With this feature, the teacher or teacher aid can address the student directly.
Zoom is an independent product that has taken its place as one of the top meeting solutions in the market. As above mentioned, Class has leveraged most of Zoom’s features and presented them in a learning-focused interface.
Aside from Zoom’s HD audio and video, Zoom has already been adopted by many K12 and higher education institutions. Hence, having class as a top-up already is geared towards delivering to an existing niche market using Zoom.
Based on the chart, the Class fulfils about 60% of the features to be at par with classroom learning in reality. In conclusion, Class actually fills in the gaps for Zoom to be the ultimate tool for school!